It is important to check the validity of your vaccination card and consult an experienced medical practitioner for updates.
Health Risks and Preventive Measures:
Medical and health services in Namibia are of a high standard. However, the availability of most services is limited to main cities and towns.
Namibia’s capital, Windhoek, is malaria free. However, travelers to the north of Namibia should take precautions against malaria. The disease is especially prevalent in places near rivers, meadows or stagnant water. Mosquito nets are recommended, as well as mosquito spray for the skin. For extra precaution, the traveler can take anti-malaria medication. A physician should be consulted in this instance.
Tap water in Namibia is fit for consumption in most places, including Windhoek. Although most restaurants maintain a high level of hygiene, travelers should be wary of eating food from street vendors and other informal food establishments.
It is advisable to obtain health insurance when coming into the country to cover any unforeseen medical costs. Any necessary prescriptions should be brought along in properly labeled bottles.
The Namibian Dollar (NAD / N$) is linked to the South African Rand (ZAR) at par value. The Rand is also legal tender in Namibia.
Customs and Duty-Free Allowance
Items carried for personal use, and not intended for gifts or for sale are duty free, including cameras, video cameras, binoculars, portable computers, cellular phones, etc, as are the usual quantities of beer, wine, spirits, tobacco and perfumes, etc.
Day temperature reaches an average maximum of 30 degrees Celsius, whereas evenings are generally moderate reaching an average of 10 degrees Celsius during this time of the year.
Namibia has two time seasons:
- Summer Time - GMT +2 hours; and
- Winter Time - GMT +1 hours.
Banks are open between 8h30 and 15h30, Monday to Friday and on Saturdays from 8h30 to 11h00. The Namibian banking sector is linked to major international communication networks, ensuring fast and efficient transfer of funds to and from literally anywhere in the world. All local banks have a Bureau de Change and internationally recognized currencies can be exchanged. Most establishments in the country accept international credit cards.
Business and Shopping
Trading hours on weekdays are from 8h00 to 17h00 and Saturdays from 8h30 to 13h00. Many shops also open on Saturday afternoons until 17h00 and on Sundays from 9h00 to 13h00.
All major international car rental companies operate in Windhoek and elsewhere in Namibia.
Driving and Speed Limits
Like most other countries in Southern Africa, Namibia drives on the left side of the road. Unless otherwise indicated, the speed limit on national and other paved roads is 120km/h. Motorists are urged to take extreme care when driving on gravel roads, which are generally very good, but need to be negotiated with care. The recommended speed limit on these roads is 80km/h.
Mains power in Namibia and throughout Southern Africa is 220/240 Volts AC, 50-60HZ. Power sockets in Namibia are of the 15 amp, 3-pin round type. Many hotels also provide 2-pin, 110 Volt sockets.
Beware of petty crime. You are advised to inquire about the security situation at your Hotel and, as in any major city, take care when venturing out alone, especially at night and in remote parts of the town.
Useful Emergency Contacts
Medical Emergencies (+264)
- Ambulance – Windhoek Municipality 21 111
- International SOS Emergency Services 230 505081707
- Emed 24 299 9924 / 081 924
- Windhoek Central Hospital 203 9111
- Medi Clinic 22 2687
- Rhino Park Private Hospitals 37 5000
- Fire Brigade 21 111
- Hosea Kutako International Airport 299 6600
Shuttle Services and Car Rentals
All major international car rental companies operate in Windhoek and elsewhere in Namibia. Below are the few recommended shuttle service and car rentals companies which you can make use of:
Driving and Speed Limits
Like most other countries in Southern Africa, Namibia drives on the left side of the road. Unless otherwise indicated, the speed limit on national and other paved roads is 60km/h in town and 120km/h on the highway. Motorists are urged to take extreme care when driving on gravel roads, which are generally very good, but need to be negotiated with care. The recommended speed limit on these roads is 80km/h.
Security Tips for Visitors
Beware of petty crime. You are advised to enquire about the security situation at your Hotel and, as in any major city, take care when venturing out alone, especially at night and in remote parts of the town.